Vintage Ourika Rug 134 cm x 256 cm, wool and mixed recycled fabrics
We travel every year to Morocco to source a unique selection of Rugs for you. Every Rug has been carefully selected by us in Morocco. They are all vintage rugs.
Moroccan carpets are always woven by woman. Produced for the own need they are expression of the live, struggle or joy of the woman weaving them. They are named by the region or the place they come from or by the name of the tribe the waver comes from.
Originally these carpets were made for personal and domestic use by the different ethnic groups of mainly Berber, rarely Arabic, origin within Morocco, most of whom were semi-nomadic. The carpets were normally used as bedding or blankets and were made by the women for their own families, who passed weaving techniques down through the generations.
The way in which these carpets were woven made them easily adaptable to any climate: in the mountains, they are made with a high pile and are more loosely knotted so as to provide protection against the cold, whereas in warmer climes a lower pile height and a finer weave is employed.
In the early 20th century, Moroccan carpets fascinated artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Le Corbusier and today bring images of Mark Rothko or Cy Twombly to mind. In other words, an enquiry into the Islamically influenced culture of North Africa in general and carpets from Morocco in particular leads us to the roots of European avant-garde art.
Azilal or Ourika: Azilal rugs or Azilals, as their name suggests, originate from the craggy and steep Azilal region, located in the remote and hard to reach High Atlas mountains, in the south of the city of Beni Mellal , about 180 km North-East Marrakech. Only performed by women of this region, Azilal rugs are made from virgin raw wool by alternating composed patterns of one single knotted line and one or two woven lines, according to a cultural ritual that mothers are passing down to daughters for generations. Azilal rugs are often associated with another name “ Ourika rugs ” to actually refer to all the rugs that are produced a little further south by the High Atlas mountains tribes : from Demnat North to Imlil south, covering thus the entire mountainous region of Ait Ourir , Ourika Valley and the Oukaimden park. Azilal rugs feature great creativity in terms of design; they combine irregular and abstract patterns with numerous Berbers symbols and diamonds based graphics. They are often decorated with colored materials such as wool and cotton tainted with vegetable dye or threads of recycled cloth of different colors. Azilal rugs’ background is ivory /cream, made of naturel virgin wool. Each Azilal rug contains a tale of its weaver, in a kind of pictorial and creative design.
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